Living in the orchards - Mullum Creek project begins

"I want to use our Habitech home as proof you can build quality, sustainable homes", say our wonderful clients Suzanna and Luc, who we first profiled here two years ago, when they were starting out on their Habitech journey, 

Their new house is well underway and it's been a week of early starts and frosty mornings in Melbourne's east, as installation of the first series of wall panels begins at our Mullum Creek project. 

Based in a recently subdivided orchard in Donvale, the new development area has a strong environmental focus, with all houses required to reach a minimum 7.5 star energy rating. This requirement prompted our clients to approach Habitech, based on our proven thermal performance and high quality homes.  Our clients themselves are builders, with a keen interest in producing highly insulated and sealed homes approaching Passivhaus standards.

After receiving delivery of our flat-packed wall panels (craned in numbered pallets shown in the upper left image), the process of fixing the exterior walls began. Much of the ground level panels have now been installed forming the outer-shell of the house. 

The design revolved around two simple boxes, which defined a strong circulation path through the building. By inserting a slight twist to the north into the floor-plan of the home, we were able to maximise passive solar performance before terminating in a large east facing window - taking in the spectacular views across Mullum Creek to the valley. 

Stay tuned for more updates and visit the project page here.